kit wrote:brar_w wrote:If the French ever get a nod to do other CVN to replace the CDG then it will have EMALS. General Atomics has already begun discussions with the French to that end and the system is cleared for them as well. With the USN not building any steam catapult ships anymore, and the French and the Brits not having that it leaves the IN with the only option of developing steam cats. in house. It, in my opinion, would not be a wise decision for a ship that isn't likely to see an operational patrol till the late 2030's and expected to be in service till the 2060s.
The French are indeed looking to develop a new aircraft carrier to replace the CDG and based on the QE class design. Preliminary studies going on.
Like I said, if they ever get the nod and have a program of record with actual funding attached to it (beyond studies) then it will most likely have EMALS. In fact, that is fairly set in stone given they are unlikely to go for a Ski ramp and unassisted take offs.